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B&B Opinion Article

B&B -- Thumbs Down
By Barbara
12/3/12

Even though I stopped watching B&B recently, I remained quite curious about Stephanie’s death.  As a result, I wound up recording and watching the episode in which Stephanie died (Susan Flannery’s last day on the show) and the following episode, with a lot of FF'ing. It was difficult to watch Stephanie's dying scenes, especially because of how Brooke was crying and sobbing, understandably so.

I wonder how SF managed to keep coughing the way she did, that couldn't have been good for her to have to do, unless they somehow dubbed the sound of a woman coughing into the audio. 

The episode after Stephanie’s death was disappointing to me -- the two or so sentences of information on my DVR guide mentioned something about Eric and Pam doing a tribute to Stephanie, but this wasn't really the case. Eric had a flashback about Stephanie (a pillow fight they’d had at Big Bear) and Pam cried a lot.

I was watching B&B back when Stephanie and Pam’s mother, Ann Douglas (played by Betty White) died, and that episode was very moving and touching, especially because Ann was surrounded by her two daughters.  Ironically, it was Stephanie who left Chicago as soon as she could to get away from their mother.

Admittedly, since I no longer watch B&B, I don’t know why Stephanie chose to spend her last moments with Brooke rather than her long-time loving (and not-so-loving) husband, Eric.  That would have been a fitting and satisfying tribute to their long, rich history. 

Although Brooke and Stephanie also had a long, rich history, most of which was not pleasant (they sure had their share of down and dirty fights and plotting against each other), I’m thinking that having Stephanie die in Brooke’s arms could have been a way to honor how these two women finally came to genuinely love and care about each other.  Nice, but not the way I’d have preferred to see Stephanie go out.

Much to my surprise and dismay, there was a scene with Bill and Brooke kissing.  Based on DVR information I’d read, I figured that they had bonded out of necessity after Katie ran away and Brooke was helping Bill take care of the baby. Now it appears to be a case of  ** same old-same-old ** regarding Brooke. She keeps things in the family, so this time she'll wind up sleeping with her sister's husband.  Yuck.  Also, this kind of repeated basic storyline is one of the reasons I stopped watching B&B in the first place. 

Beyond my curiosity about Stephanie's death, I have no temptation whatsoever to pick up and start watching B&B! Glad I didn't get sucked back in.

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